Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hot Toys MMS202-D04 1/6th scale die-cast RoboCop 12-inch (30 cm) Collectible Figure

continued from previous post...

“Come quietly or there will be… trouble.”

This is my second-part review of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Die-cast Series MMS202D04 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure. After reviewing the box and its contents including the four different lower face sculpts as well as voice / sound effects activation in my first part review HERE, let's take a look at another feature synonymous with RoboCop - his hidden thigh holster.

I've posted another 28 pictures in this Part 2 review and that's not the last of them LOL There are more pictures to follow and I'm excited to share them. So far we have established that Hot Toys die-cast RoboCop has been painted in the wrong color :( He is too much silver and the blue metallic tinge is completely missing, even though it was shown in the preview pictures (posted HERE). You can also see my toy blog post "What color was RoboCop in the original 1987 film? Let's take a look at some screen grabs" HERE for comparison pictures between the movie RoboCop and this Hot Toys version.

Other than that, this is still a GREAT piece by Hot Toys and a work of ART in terms of the realistic sculpt (what little is seen of it), amazing details of the armor and the clever engineering to get the maximum articulation from a rather stiff, bulky and cumbersome object (let's face it, RoboCop was not designed to be agile).

Peter Weller had hired Moni Yakim, the head of the Movement Department at Juilliard, to help create an appropriate way for him to move his body while wearing the RoboCop suit. He and Moni had envisioned RoboCop moving like a snake, dancing around and moving very elusively. The suit, however, proved to be too heavy and cumbersome. Instead, at the suggestion of Moni, it was decided that they would slow down RoboCop's movements in order to make them more appealing and plausible. Filming stopped for three days, allowing Peter and Paul Verhoeven to discuss new movements for the suit.

Hot Toys MMS202-D04 1/6th scale die-cast RoboCop 12-inch (30 cm) Collectible Figure has stayed true to form and is undoubtably the closest thing to the real McCoy i.e. the movie RoboCop you are ever going to get. The die-cast feature gives this RoboCop a hefty feel and makes him rather heavy. The good thing is the joints are good and tight and RoboCop doesn't fall over easily. It's a very nice redo except for the paint job and I can't wait to add Battle Damaged RoboCop with the new head sculpt showing his full face (RoboCop unmasked) & Police Officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) collectible figures to this. Check out the preview pictures HERE.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pre-order Prime 1 Studio "Transformers: Age of Extinction" 23.5-inch tall Drift Polystone Statue

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At last. There is hope, after all.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 3D science fiction action film based on the Transformers franchise. It is the fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, with Peter Cullen reprising his role as Optimus Prime. It is both a sequel to 2011's Dark of the Moon and a soft reboot of the franchise, and takes place five years later, after the Decepticon invasion of Chicago.

Drift is one of five remaining Autobots hiding in the United States. He transforms into a blue and black Bugatti Veyron and his robot mode resembles that of a samurai warrior. He often says haikus in his dialogue and is at odds with Bumblebee, who was acting leader in Optimus Prime's absence, because he believes that Bumblebee is not a worthy leader, although they work very well in battle.

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Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Drift Polystone Statue from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Drift is a master of ancient weaponry who always remains calm and controlled during combat. Long ago, he fought for the Decepticons. The scars of battle changed his thinking, and now Drift wields his swords as a member of the Autobots.

Featuring LED light-up eyes and interchangeable hands with swords, Transformers fans don't miss your chance to own the Drift Polystone Statue!

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale DC Comics Batman ‘Gotham Knight’ 12-inch figure

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"I am the night - I am Batman!"

Shine the signal, and the protector of Gotham City will emerge from the shadows to fight crime and bring justice. Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the Batman: Gotham Knight Sixth Scale Figure.

Bruce Wayne springs into action as his famed alter ego – Batman! Crafted with meticulous attention to detail on a fully articulated muscular body design, our hero is disguised in a grey and black tailored Batsuit and cape. Inspired by a number of timeless comic book appearances, the Batman Gotham Knight Sixth Scale Figure invites collectors to further define their favorite look for the Caped Crusader with three cowl and mask options, and three interchangeable facial expressions, which are also compatible with Sideshow’s Batman Sixth Scale Figure (check out the review on my toy blog HERE, HERE and HERE). Equipped with hi-tech 'Bat'-gadgets, utility belt and grapple hook gun, the Dark Knight is always one step ahead of his foes... and for times of true crisis he keeps a powerful gift from his closest friend nearby in the form of a green Kryptonite ring.

Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale DC Comics Batman ‘Gotham Knight’ 12-inch figure will come with Fully Articulated Body, Three Portraits (Short Ears, Medium Ears, and Long Ears), Three Swappable Expressions - compatible with the Batman Sixth Scale Figure, Detailed Belt with Pouches, Two (2) Batarangs, Folding Grappling Hook with Rope, Grapnel Dart Gun, Various Alternately Posed Hands, Fist with Kryptonite Ring

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

What color was RoboCop in the original 1987 film? Let's take a look at some screen grabs.

There has been some debate regarding the color of RoboCop's armor in the original 1987 film vs the color of Hot Toy's die-cast RoboCop figure. If you were to open my part 1 review post in my toy blog HERE in one window on your computer screen and another window of this post for a side-by-side comparison, you will be able to see how far off the color of Hot Toys 1/6th scale RoboCop figure is.

What I've done is to post screen grabs of RoboCop from the 1987 film for color comparisons. The color disparity does not make me like Hot Toys RoboCop any less. I still like the Hot Toys die-cast RoboCop and IMHO it's the best 1:6 scale RoboCop ever produced. My only gripe is that Hot Toys didn't get the color right. RoboCop was never so silver in color as Hot Toys has done. He was a more grayish blue tinge.

For the 1987 RoboCop film, the suit's color was supposed to be bright blue; however, it was given a more grayish tint to make it look more metallic and produce less glare on the camera when it was being filmed. Hot Toys has gone the opposite direction with their die-cast RoboCop color by making him really silver as seen in my earlier post "Review 1: Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure" posted HERE

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Incoming: Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant – 1/7 scale Batman: Timeless Wild West

Imagining Batman in the wild west is not new. DC Comics did publish a wild west Batman comic as part of their "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" 6-issue limited series and there was even an action figure released as well. That particular Wild West Batman action figure didn't grab my attention.

But this one certainly did!

From Square Enix comes this Play Arts Kai "Batman Timeless" line which will be depicting the Dark Knight in various time periods and the first figure out of the DC Comics variant series will be Batman: Timeless Wild West and he looks mighty interesting.

This new interpretation of the Dark Knight sees him fully fully outfitted for the wild west frontier with a detailed cowboy costume consisting of cowboy hat, distinctive mask, wild west style outfit, chaps, spurs cowboy boots, cowboy belt with holster, grapple gun, batarang, knife, tomahawk axe and extra interchangeable hands. The brown colors make him stand out a little too much although the leather texture looks nice. I would have preferred if they had worked with black or very dark grey colors. He's the DARK Knight after all ;p

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Check out Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set (2 torsos)

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Prepare to meet the big angry monster!

In the upcoming highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Earth’s mightiest heroes are assembling again to defend the world from the dangerous and evil artificial intelligence Ultron who is bent on eradicating mankind and wiping out all life on the planet. To gear fans ready for this epic blockbuster, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially present today, the 1/6th scale Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set!

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Hulk in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. This deluxe set specially features the two newly developed angry and screaming Hulk head sculpts with rolling eyeballs, a specially painted muscular body and a finely sculpted interchangeable “Hulk smash” pose upper body.

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS287 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron with a newly developed screaming head sculpt with separate rolling eyeballs AND an interchangeable newly sculpted angry head sculpt with separate rolling eyeballs plus Movie-accurate facial expression featuring his screaming look with detailed wrinkles and skin texture (Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted). Approximately 42 cm tall giant green-skinned muscular body featuring detailed skin texture and tendons, with over 20 points of articulations, built-in joints in neck and arms which allow flexible movement PLUS An interchangeable non-articulated Hulk smash pose giant green-skinned muscular upper body. Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of relaxed palms with movable fingers One (1) pair of forceful fists

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Review 1: Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure

Part Man. Part Machine. All Cop.

RoboCop is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. The film stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop centers on police officer Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) who is brutally murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the malevolent mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as "RoboCop".

The character of RoboCop itself was inspired by British comic book hero Judge Dredd, as well as the Marvel Comics superhero Rom. A Rom comic book appears onscreen during the film's convenience store robbery. Another Rom comic appears in a flashback of Murphy's son.

This is Hot Toys' remake of the classic robot / cyborg character, having previously produced and released at least three versions of RocoCop (MMS010, MMS026 and MMS032) and two versions of ED209 (MMS012 and MMS025), all featured in the 2010 issue of "Figure King" magazine celebrating Hot Toys 10th Anniversary. You can check out my toy blog post HERE.

Hot Toys decided to go with die-cast materials in re-releasing an all new RoboCop figure and with all the advancements in technology and skill sets, has produced a much improved version of RoboCop that looks and feels much better than the original versions.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Trendmasters Warner Bros. Ultimate Iron Giant 20-inch (51cm) Tall Robot Figure

"The Iron Giant" is the 1999 animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' 1968 Cold War fable "The Iron Man". In the animated science fiction comedy film using both traditional animation and computer animation, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.

This is NOT the Mondo 16-inch (40cm) Tall Deluxe Iron Giant Collectible Figure that was previewed earlier on my toy blog HERE. Seeing pictures of that robot figure reminded me of this 20-inch (51cm) tall Ultimate Iron Giant robot figure I got way back in the year 2000. I remember it clearly because a buddy and I had planned to visit the toy shops in Hong Kong during the new year holiday but everybody was worried about the millennium bug then and the airport was certainly very quiet when we went to check in. Well, the computers all worked fine and it was all systems go for my trip to Hong Kong.

We chanced upon this giant robot figure (the movie was released in 1999) in one of the shops and I was keen to get it because it was the biggest Iron Giant figure I had seen. The kids had seen the movie and loved it so this was really a no brainer. Furthermore, this particular figure never made it to Singapore. I saw all the smaller carded versions on offer at the departmental stores but it was the first time I had seen this large version of the Iron Giant.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

February 2015 Haul: Hot Toys RoboCop, E&S Deathridge, R2-D2 & Lego Lone Ranger + Tonto

This is my haul so far for February 2015 :)

From the left: E&S USA exclusive Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure (big thanks to Sam if you are reading this for helping me get this exclusive figure), Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS202D04 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure, Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure (Sideshow Exclusive version), and Lego The Lone Ranger and Tonto mini figures (not shown in the main picture). I'm glad for my haul but among these figures I got, the best piece would have to be Hot Toys RoboCop because I didn't pre-order him but got him at a very good price instead. I'll explain why later.

The Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS202D04 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure is actually the fourth RoboCop figure to be released by Hot Toys, although it is the first die-cast version. The three earlier versions of RocoCop were MMS010, MMS026 and MMS032, all released very much earlier in Hot Toys line-up of figures (and posted in my toy blog too. Just click on the "RoboCop" label to view the posts).

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Check out NECA "Alien" 1:10 Action Figure (Series 4) Assortment: Ripley, Jonesy & Dallas

Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film's title refers to a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. Alien received both critical acclaim and box office success, receiving an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Scott, and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright, and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other award nominations.

The success of Alien spawned a media franchise of novels, comic books, video games, and toys. It also launched Weaver's acting career by providing her with her first lead role, and the story of her character Ripley's encounters with the Alien creatures became the thematic thread that ran through the sequels Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997).

From NECA:
Series 4 in our best-selling Alien action figure collection celebrates 35 years of the original Alien film with all-new character debuts! It includes two versions of Ellen Ripley — for the first time ever featuring the likeness of Sigourney Weaver — and Dallas in his Nostromo Spacesuit. Each fully articulated figure stands approximately 7 inches tall and comes in special 35th Anniversary packaging.

NECA "Alien" 1:10 Action Figure (Series 4) Assortment features Ripley in Nostromo Jumpsuit comes with flamethrower and Jonesy the cat as well as Ripley in Nostromo Spaceuit which comes with removable helmet, harpoon gun with two different attachments, and a frightened version of Jonesy the cat.

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NECA Christopher Reeve Superman & Kotobukiya DC Universe Super Powers Superman ARTFX+ Statue

NECA Christopher Reeve Superman Quarter Scale Figure was revealed at Toy Fair 2015 and put up for pre-order.

Decades after the release of the 1978 Superman movie, Christopher Reeve’s iconic portrayal of Superman in the movie remains the most definitive version. In order to make this figure happen, NECA worked closely with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Warner Bros.

The figure stands over 18-inches tall in the 1/4 scale. Features include: the authorized likeness of Christopher Reeve and comes with a tailored soft fabric cape and interchangeable hands. This movie accurate figure is highly posable.

At the same time, Kotobukiya has also decided to revisit the classic Superman look, harking back to the past when Superman wore bright red underwear over his blue costume. Definitely NOT the current Henry Cavill Superman of 2013. Looks like it's going to be a blast from the past!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Starcraft 1/6th scale Terran Space Marine Tychus 15.5" Figure

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"Hell... it's about time!"

From Blizzard Entertainment's best-selling strategy game, StarCraft II, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the Tychus Sixth Scale Figure.

While not even Jim Raynor can be certain of the truth behind his past, or just where his loyalties lie, one thing is for sure: Tychus Findlay always goes big. Always. Assembled from over 525 individually engineered components, Findlay gears up in Sideshow's Sixth Scale Terran Space Marine armor with an incredible range of articulation, multiple light-up features, and a colorful array of unique decals that suit him just fine - including snarky quips, tally marks and a pin-up of Kyla Velassi. Known for his big ego and even bigger guns, there's no job in the whole universe too dangerous for this outlaw when he's got a couple of flash grenades and a light-up C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle with bayonet attachment and removable clip. A born survivor, Tychus bears his 'New Folsom Prison blues' with true grit thanks to two interchangeable portraits: one with a scathing scowl, and one simply enjoying one of the best cigars in the Koprulu sector.

Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale Starcraft Terran Space Marine Tychus 15.5-inch (393.7mm) Tall Figure specially features: Fully articulated and highly detailed armored Space Marine with Angry Tychus portrait plus Cigar chompin' Tychus portrait, C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle with lights and removable clip, Bayonet attachment, Two (2) Terran flash grenades, Torso lights, Light-up engine vents, Extendable illuminated power cells, Helmet illumination.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Hot Toys Collector or Hot Toys Box Collector? Age-old question: To open / not to open the toy!

I've been collecting toys since 1994 and Hot Toys figures since 2000 but the age-old question still remains: "To Open or Not To Open the Toy!"

I've grown to respect and appreciate each and every individual's way of collecting toys, be it to keep the toy mint in the sealed box or to open the box and display the toy or put the toy back in the box after playing due to constraints of space of even rotate the display of the toys for the same reason (for lack of space) but I've been cautioning people for years to remove batteries from the toys if they choose to keep the toy in the box or there will be irreparable damage to said toy when the batteries leak and damage the electronic components. See my toy blog post from September 2011 titled "Hot Toy Collecting Tip #1: Remove ALL Batteries!" for the full article.

What I don't get is people who proudly post pictures of their Hot Toys box collection (I decided to post one picture here as an example LOL) on multiple facebook pages without ever displaying the figures inside and then get offended when people from the same group ask why he buys so many of the same figures and why he doesn't display any of them. See below for some of the comments. It sure makes for some fun reading :)

This is a conversation on facebook about a collector who buys and buys multiples of the same figure but keeps them all MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) with no intention of ever taking them out and displaying them. Names have been omitted to protect their identities.

Q: "Do you plan on displaying them once you have the room to display them all? Or keep them in the box? I found myself not even unboxing nowadays because I don't have the room to display them."

A: "No intention of displaying them"

Q: "Not going to display them??? I wouldn't call that collecting at all. I call that wasting money. "Hey guys, look at all my boxes", that even sounds dumb. lmao. Take some pride in your overpriced collectibles, i know i do..... And why would you buy 2 and 3 of the same figures, an even bigger waste of money since your not a retailer either. My mind is blown right now."

A: "My way different from anyone else & why can't I purchase more than one of the similar figure?? Any rules say so?? & ANY laws say one person buys a figure MUST display?? Who say so??"

Q: "Yah, alright bud lmao. Its just, you spend so much money on these figures it really seems like a waste. You never even get to see the great detail on the back sides of these figures! But on a serious note, nice box collection!!"

R: "No laws, but I'm curious. Why do you buy so many and not do anything with them?"

Q: "Exactly. Thats what i say, its nuts. And buying 2 and 3 of each???? Wtf? This is a simple case of more money than smarts. I could see buying 2 if you want 1 in package and 1 for display but 3 unopened identical figures??????"

A: "FYI I bought them preorder price.. Any issues??? I don't need to know how great their articulations.. I been collecting them this for 9 yrs.. & I like the particular figure.. Can't I buy more than one?? So buying more than one means I break the laws??? Come on.. Pls prove me wrong that I shouldn't buy more than one.."

Q: "No one said your breaking any laws lol!! It just seems redundant"

A: "So?? What are u trying to guide a 9 yrs hot toys collectors??? Must I listen to u??? Your comments unacceptable & rude"

R: "Haha! Nobody is saying anything rude. We all just asked what the purpose of buying multiples is, and not even opening any. And you got really defensive and upset. This is getting really funny."

Check out KGB Hobby (KGB-004) 1/6 scale Moscow OMON Police outfit set for 12-inch figure

OMON ((Russian: ОМОН—Отряд мобильный особого назначения, Otryad Mobilny Osobogo Naznacheniya, Special Purpose Mobile Unit) originated in 1979, when the first Soviet SWAT-like police unit was founded in preparation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to ensure that there were no terrorist incidents like the Munich massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics. Subsequently, the unit was to be utilized in emergencies such as high-risk arrests, hostage crises and acts of terror.

The current OMON system is the successor of that group and was founded on October 3, 1988 as the Militsiya Squad of Special Assignment, initially in Moscow. Special police detachments were often manned by former soldiers of the Soviet Army and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. OMON units were used as riot police to control and stop demonstrations and hooliganism, as well as to respond to emergency situations involving violent crime. The units later took on a wider range of police duties, including cordon and street patrol actions, and even paramilitary and military-style operations.

KGB Hobby (KGB-004) 1/6 scale Moscow OMON Police 12-inch action figure (body & head sculpt not included) features: ANA ‘Snow’ P-51 09 Winter jacket (KAMYSH urban pattern), ANA winter dungarees, ANA V-95 tactical vest, fur hat, MVD hat badge, black polo-neck sweater, grey gloves, Faradei leather boots, black leather belt, NPO-SM ‘Pus-1’ baton, NPO-SM ‘Pus-1’ baton belt holder

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Incoming: Craftone 1/6th scale Fighter is really 12-inch Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in "Fight Club"

Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, an "everyman" who is discontented with his white-collar job. He forms a "fight club" with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and they are joined by men who also want to fight recreationally. Fight Club was one of the most controversial and talked-about films of the 1990s. After Fight Club '​s theatrical release, it became more popular via word of mouth, and the positive reception of the DVD established it as a cult film that David Ansen of Newsweek conjectured would enjoy "perennial" fame.

Craftone will be releasing their 1/6th scale Fighter 12-inch collectable action figure which is most likely inspired by Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden character seen in the 1999 film "Fight Club".

The Craftone 1/6th scale Fighter Deluxe Edition will come with two head sculpts (Original realistic male head sculpt - one with long hair, and the other sporting a shaved head, two 12-inch male action figure bodies with ten interchangeable hands. Two outfits are included: One set consists of Red leather jacket, motorcycles printed T-shirt, blue khaki pants, shoes and sunglasses. The other set consists of black fur coat, orange vest, red trousers, red socks, brown leather shoes, rings and a cigarette.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ThreeZero 1/6th scale Breaking Bad Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston as Walter White) pre-order info

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Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can't get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels.

Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White – a chemistry teacher diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer who turns to making meth to secure his family's finances. As his shady businesses progress, Walter gains a notorious reputation under the name of Heisenberg.

The 1/6th scale collectible figure series by threezero featuring characters based on the hit television series Breaking Bad will launch this February. The first figure, Heisenberg is a 12-inch (30.5cm) tall articulated figure featuring tailored clothing, various accessories, and a realistic likeness to the character portrayed on screen.

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Pre-order ThreeA Transformers 18-inch (47cm) Tall Megatron Premium Scale Collectible Figure

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Megatron is a character from the Transformers franchise, created by Hasbro, and based on a toy design by Takara. He is a sentient robotic lifeform from the planet Cybertron and the leader of the villainous Decepticons as well as the archenemy of the Autobot leader Optimus Prime.

In the 2007 live action Transformers film, Megatron's alternate mode is a Cybertronian jet. The apparent explanation for the departure from his gun form is that director Michael Bay does not want to include any sort of size changing in the transformations, which the writers described as "cheating". In one of the special features on the DVD, G1 Megatron's transformation was likened to Darth Vader turning into his own lightsaber to be wielded by someone else.

Sideshow Collectibles and ThreeA Toys are excited to announce the Megatron Premium Scale Collectible Figure from the blockbuster film Transformers. Standing over 18" tall, Megatron is fully posable with over 70 points of articulation and features realistic weathering effect paint application and LED light-up eyes.

Transformers fans, don't miss your chance to own the most powerful Decepticon leader of all time.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale Praetoriae Cohortes (Praetorian Guard) Lucius Aelius Seianus figure

Lucius Aelius Seianus, commonly known as Sejanus, was an ambitious soldier, friend and confidant of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. An equestrian by birth, Sejanus rose to power as prefect of the Roman imperial bodyguard, known as the Praetorian Guard, of which he was commander from AD 14 until his death in AD 31.

While the Praetorian Guard was formally established under Emperor Augustus, Sejanus introduced a number of reforms which saw the unit evolve beyond a mere bodyguard, into a powerful and influential branch of the government involved in public security, civil administration and ultimately political intercession; changes which would have a lasting impact on the course of the Principate.

During the 20s, Sejanus gradually accumulated power by consolidating his influence over Tiberius and eliminating potential political opponents, including the emperor's son, Drusus Julius Caesar. When Tiberius withdrew to Capri in 26, Sejanus was left in control of the administration of the empire. For a time the most influential and feared citizen of Rome, Sejanus suddenly fell from power in 31, the year his career culminated with the consulship. Amidst suspicions of conspiracy against Tiberius, Sejanus was arrested and executed, along with his followers.

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Kaustic Plastik 1/6th Marcus Nonius Macrinus Dux Exercituum Imperatoris Marci Aurelii figure

Marcus Nonius Macrinus was a Roman general and statesman in the era of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. He served as Consul (suffectus) in 154, and several terms as proconsul thereafter. Macrinus' life was one of the inspirations for Russell Crowe's character Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 feature film Gladiator. However, while both Marcus Nonius Macrinus and the fictitious Maximus Decimus Meridius are placed in the same time period and share similarities such as being liked and well known to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Nonius Macrinus went on to enjoy a successful career and died a wealthy man. In the movie, Maximus Decimus Meridius is portrayed with having a much different later life, losing his family and being sold into slavery.

Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale Marcus Nonius Macrinus Dux Exercituum Imperatoris Marci Aurelii 12-inch figure Features: Deluxe Packaging, New Head Sculpt, KP04 Generation K Body, Theilenhofen Helm (Die-Cast), Sword / Gladio (Die-Cast), Bronzed Armour / Lorica Muscolata, Pteruges / Leather Vest, Purple Cape (Cloth), Purple Toga, Parade Closed Boots / Calcei (Leather). White Tunic Short (Cloth), White Tunic Long (Cloth), Decorated Belt (Leather + Details in Die-Cast), Parazonium / Parade Sword, Fasces / Bundle of Wooden Rods with Axe, Command Staff, Deluxe Stand

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Pre-order Tweeterhead 10.5-inch (26.7cm) Tall 1966 Robin, the Boy Wonder Maquette Diorama

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"Come on, Robin, to the Bat Cave! There's not a moment to lose!"

Sideshow Collectibles is thrilled to present Tweeterhead's latest release in the Classic '66 Batman line: Robin, the Boy Wonder Maquette Diorama!

Based on the classic television show, this collectible statue features a stunning likeness of Burt Ward as Robin, the Boy Wonder and includes a bat cave base with the top piece and left half of the iconic Batcomputer.

Complete your '66 Batman collection with Robin's companion piece, "To the BATMOBILE" Batman Maquette Diorama - posted earlier on my toy blog HERE! Batman is 12.5 inches tall and comes with the other half of the Bat Computer.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Incoming: ACI / Pangaea Toy 1:6 scale Russell Crowe as Gladiator General Maximus 12" Figure

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed (in his final film role), Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harris. Crowe portrays the fictional character, loyal Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when the emperor Marcus Aurelius's ambitious son, Commodus, murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murder of his family and his emperor.

ACI through their affiliate company Pangaea Toy will be releasing two versions of 1/6th scale Gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius, with three ways to purchase the 12-inch figure. There's the PG02A Version A (Arena Version), PG02B Version B (Final Battle Version) and PG02C Version C (Deluxe Version). The picture below show the Pangaea Toy PG02A Version A (Arena Version) Gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Preview Hot Toys "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6 Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Figure

"The Force will be with you. Always." – Obi-Wan Kenobi

The legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most memorable and crucial characters in the Star Wars saga. As the mentor of Anakin and Luke Skywalker to train them in ways of the Force, Obi-Wan has played a significant role in shaping the fate of the entire galaxy. Following the official introduction of Darth Vader, the “circle is now complete” as Hot Toys is proud to present today the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th scale Obi-Wan Collectible Figure!

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially sculpted hands, finely tailored Jedi costume, LED-lighted lightsaber, and figure stand.

This “is” the legendary Jedi Master you are looking for.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - All four of them in group pictures

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I have individually reviewed each Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in their own post on my toy blog earlier, starting with Raphael HERE, then Michelangelo HERE, followed by Leonardo HERE and finally Donatello HERE. So now's the time to put them all together for a group picture :) I present to you the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5-inch (13cm) action figures - Cowabunga!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming and bad television with Laird. Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from Eastman’s uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin. The TMNT comic series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984. (source: wiki)

The popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 animated TV series lasted for 10 seasons until 1996 and at the height of the frenzy, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Turtles' likenesses could be found on a wide range of children's merchandise, from Pez dispensers to skateboards, breakfast cereal, video games, school supplies, linens, towels, cameras, and even toy shaving kits.

These are the newer action figures from the equally successful Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series which premiered in 2012 and has proven to be a hit, with a fourth season confirmed. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures. Click on them for bigger and better views.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kotobukiya Star Wars R3-A2 & K-3PO ARTFX+ Statues: Are these the droids you're looking for?

News of the impending release of the next installment in the Star Wars franchise "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" has resulted in Star Wars toys and action figures being released all over the place, in anticipation of more of the things to come.

Back in the day, George Lucas' decision to accept a lower salary on the film in exchange for full merchandising rights was considered a fool's gamble on his part. Toys based on movies had never been major money-earners (though some movie-toy combinations had done moderate retail returns) because of the long gap between when a movie would go through its theatrical run and when any products based on it would be available. Star Wars, however,was such a phenomenon that it reached the holiday 1977 sales period in full swing, and changed the way movies were merchandised forever. Look who's laughing all the way to the bank now!

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The famous duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 weren’t the only Droids that found their skills put to use during the Rebellion’s struggle against the Galactic Empire. Among the other often unsung heroes include R3-A2 and K-3PO.

R3-A2 served alongside other Astromech Droids, serving the Rebel pilots as a navigator on their fighters and helping to keep their ships in top shape when not in flight, while K-3PO’s vast database and knowledge of military tactics served him in good stead as the coordinator of all droids at Alliance High Command up until his unfortunate destruction at Echo Base during the Battle of Hoth.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Preview Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Ultron Prime 41cm Tall Collectible Figure

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“There are no strings on me.”

Since the first official release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the film’s titular villain Ultron’s menacing appearance and memorable speech has grabbed many fans’ attention and left wondering how the Earth’s mightiest heroes can stand up against this highly dangerous robot and its large army.

With the epic blockbuster just few short months away from hitting theatres worldwide, Hot Toys is very excited to “show you something beautiful” today, the 1/6th scale Ultron Prime Collectible Figure, that many fans and collectors have eagerly awaited to see!

The movie-accurate Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Ultron Prime in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It stands approximately 41 cm tall, featuring a newly developed head sculpt and body with mechanical details, LED light-up head and upper body, and a specially designed Avengers: Age of Ultron logo figure base with LED light-up function!

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Pre-order Yamato USA DC Comics Collection Harley Quinn 10.25 inches Tall Collectible Statue

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"Aw, c'mon Puddin - don'tcha wanna rev up ya Harley?"

Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel) was introduced on September 11, 1992, in Batman: The Animated Series and later adapted into a children's comic book called Batman Almost Got 'Im on April 1993. As suggested by her name (a play on the word "harlequin"), she is clad in the manner of a traditional harlequin jester. The character is a frequent accomplice and girlfriend of Batman's nemesis the Joker, and is also a close friend of the supervillain Poison Ivy, from whom she gained her immunity to poisons and toxins.

What was originally supposed to be the animated equivalent of a walk-on role; a number of police officers were to be taken hostage by someone jumping out of a cake, and it was decided that to have the Joker do so himself would be too bizarre (although he ended up doing so anyway) became the female sidekick for the Joker.

Hey Puddin' pie, if you haven't started your DC "Fantasy Figure" collection yet, then now is the time with this very sexy Harley Quinn 10.25-inch (260.35mm) tall figurine. She is sure to have a ball and hammer out the competition, providing you with a smile that even Mistah J would love! This sensual Harley Quinn statue is sculpted by Shin Tanabe as imagined by renowned artist and visionary Luis Royo.

So whatcha waiting fer, order yours today!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Check out Sen-Ti-Nel Re:Edit Iron Man #02 Extremis Armor 18cm (7-inch) action figure

It seems every TOY company out there is trying to sell as many Iron Man figures as they possibly can. And if they can't get the designs of the original Iron Man figure, they can opt to design their own Iron Man figures and call it the Marvel Variant Iron Man (done by Square Enix for their Play Arts Kai line of figures - see my recent toy blog post HERE) or Re:Edit Iron Man!

Sentinel continues their Re:Edit Iron Man figures with the Extremis armor! Made of plastic and die-cast parts, this super-posable figure stands about 18cm (7 inches) tall, and his eyes and chest light up! He comes with a pair of fisted hands, a total of four other interchangeable hands, the Hall of Armor base (including a pole for support), and two test batteries (LR41 type, which means you may want to get him a set of fresh ones when he arrives at your home because you know what happens to your figures when the batteries leak! If you don't know, better check out my post "Hot Toy Collecting Tip #1: Remove ALL Batteries!" HERE).

I much prefer these Sen-Ti-Nel Re:Edit Iron Man action figures (this is #02) as they stay much closer to the original designs and colors with some interesting tweaks. Square Enix Play Arts Kai version of Iron Man could actually work well as the villain in this case, sort of like a DARK Iron Man, just like Dark Phoenix, Dark Wolverine etc. a concept Marvel has run away with.

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Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello 5-inch figure Review

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often shortened to TMNT or Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, named after four Renaissance artists, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society. They were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Donatello (Don or Donnie) – The scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, Donatello wears a purple mask and wields a bo staff. Donatello is perhaps the least violent turtle, preferring to use his knowledge to solve conflicts, but never hesitates to defend his brothers. He is named after the early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor from Florence, Donatello.

This Donatello 5-inch action figure is the last of the four Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I'm covering on my toy blog, having already reviewed the other three turtles earlier – Raphael HERE, Michelangelo HERE and Leonardo HERE. These Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been really fun to pose and display as they are much more articulated than your average ninja turtle figure. Everything is quite well thought out so that you get the maximum pleasure from these minimal creatures. It's been a blast but there's going to be more in the NEXT post when I put all four turtles together for some group shots / pictures. But first, back to Donatello.

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